Mauricio Pochettino wants to be considered for the Manchester United job but it would cost the Red Devils £34million to prise him away from Tottenham, according to The Times.
Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties as United manager on Tuesday after overseeing the club’s worst Premier League start in history.
A 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield proved to be the final straw, with Ed Woodward informing the Portuguese of the club’s decision in person on Tuesday morning.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has emerged as the club’s leading target to take over on a caretaker basis, Pochettino is widely thought to be the number one target to replace Mourinho on a permanent basis.
The Spurs boss remained non-committal when asked about the rumours in his press conference on Tuesday. But an exclusive report in The Times suggests the deal could happen.
The report claims the former Argentina international wants to be considered for the role as he sees the opportunity as too good to turn down.
However, it would cost United £34million to bring him to Old Trafford, making the total cost of replacing Mourinho past £50million, with the Portuguese set to receive a huge severance package.
Pochettino signed a new contract with Tottenham earlier this year after speculation linking him with the Real Madrid job. Although he does not have a release clause instilled in his contract, the only way United can sign the Argentinian is to buy him out of his current contract worth £8.5m per year.
The 46-year-old has a great relationship with chairman Daniel Levy and enjoys working with the young players Tottenham are regularly producing.
However, the possibility of moving on after four-and-a-half years in north London is clearly not out of the question.
He told the press ahead of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal: “I think after nearly five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham.
“I cannot answer this type of question. These type of rumours happen in this business, in football.
“I always respect the opinion of everyone, whether people praise me, whether people do not agree with me, whether people say different things. The business we know very well.
“A lot of rumours happen but it is not my business what happened at another club. I am so focused in trying to deliver my best job at this football club.
“We have ahead of us a very busy run of fixtures, tomorrow we play another derby.
“It is so important for us – the quarter-final of the cup and I think everyone understand I am focused on tomorrow and doing my best job.”